Tulane donors to give $6 million for 60 scholarships honoring Scott Cowen

May 20, 2014

Mike Strecker
Phone: 504-865-5210


Tulane President Scott Cowen. Photo by Paula Burch-Celentano.

Three of Tulane University’s most dedicated families are spearheading a $6 million initiative to create 60 endowed scholarship funds in honor of Tulane President Scott Cowen, who will retire June 30, after 16 years of service.

Louellen and Darryl Berger, Valerie Zondorak and Michael Corasaniti and Jill and Avie Glazer provided $3 million in matching gifts for scholarships for students, who will be known as “Cowen Scholars.” 

This scholarship challenge is a unique opportunity to leverage giving and impact students for years to come. The exemplary generosity of these three lead gifts has already inspired many new donors, and the university is seeking matching donors to meet this challenge and capitalize on the full potential of this momentous effort. 

“There is no need more pressing to a university than the availability of scholarships, which ensure access to all qualified young people regardless of their circumstances,” says Darryl Berger, chair of the Board of Tulane and 1972 graduate of the School of Law. 

These prestigious scholarships will help Tulane attract and retain top students.

“One of the greatest assets for Tulane students is unlimited opportunity to pursue their dreams,” says Jill Glazer, a 1985 Newcomb College graduate. “These scholarships will enable and encourage young Tulanians as they prepare to build a better world.”

Scholarship recipients will embody the qualities that Cowen has exhibited during his tenure—a strong commitment to community engagement, leadership ability and high emotional intelligence: grit, resilience and determination. 

“This is a wonderful way to pay tribute to his efforts and what he did for Tulane after Hurricane Katrina,” says Corasaniti, a 1987 graduate, adding that he chose to challenge other alumni to help him make college affordable for those who need and deserve it most. 

Each Cowen Scholar will receive critical scholarship support and partake in enrichment activities, such as a leadership seminar with Cowen and an annual dinner with him and donors to the program.

“I am humbled but very pleased to be honored in this way,” says Cowen. “These gifts, while extraordinary by any standard, are typical of the generosity and commitment of the Glazers, Bergers and Corasanitis in ensuring that more students can realize the dream of a Tulane education.”

For more information regarding the Cowen Scholars program please contact Ginny Wise, vice president for development, leadership giving, at

Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-865-5000